I really don’t know much about Barbacoa, except for the fact that my neighbor Miguel occasionally delivers to us a styrofoam container full of delicately spiced and tender shredded beef, alongside a sack of warm flour tortillas and and a zip lock baggie of pico de gallo. He buys all of this at a small Mexican bakery on South Federal across the street from Lincoln High. I’ve been there a couple of times to buy their freshly made tortillas, but little did I know that on Saturday and Sunday they sell Barbacoa for take out. It’s delicious and of course I wanted to try to make it at home.
I have a category in my computer recipe database that is titled “Finds Of The Century.” In that category I place recipes that I crown as big time “finds.” Recipes you can’t wait to serve to friends, recipes that explode with flavor, recipes that make your eyes roll. In that folder you’ll find things like Beef Carbonnade, Ham Hash with eggs in Mustard Cream Sauce, Turkish Fries, Buffalo Dick’s Award Winning White Bean Chili, Pappas Brother’s Shrimp Remoulade….yup, “finds of the century.”
It’s been probably a year since I’ve added anything to this exclusive category and I’m here to announce that this recipe for Crock Pot Italian Beef Sliders has joined the elite.
Last Saturday the Baltimore Ravens came to town to play the Denver Broncos in an AFC playoff game. The high temperature at game time registered 16 degrees and continued to fall during the afternoon. But the arctic air couldn’t freeze the charge that electrified this city.
I’m always confused on whether I kabob, kebob or k-bob. Most of the time I safely skewer as to not commit a culinary faux pas. Consulting dictionary.com, kabob seems to be the norm and I found we can use all “a’s” and kabab or throw in a c and cabob. However we spell it, I’m very fond of “small pieces of meat or seafood seasoned or marinated and broiled, often with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, or other vegetables, usually on a skewer”.
When I first started my blog, the reason for the project was to share recipes with friends and family, and to cook through my database and compile a final collection of bests and favorites. For example, I wanted to take the time to compare the five different beef kabob recipes that I had saved over the years, come up with a favorite and delete the impostors.
I’ve had this recipe for a long time, and it’s a combination of a couple of different marinade ideas put into use when I didn’t have ingredients to complete a recipe. Ad-libbed versions sometime turn into wonderful creations. I love the end flavor result and also the visual side of these skewers. Bright orange peppers, dark glossy cubes of beef separated by fresh green sticks of fragrant onions.
With curry as an ingredient, this is a natural served over rice, but for this meal we chose sauteed asparagus and black beans seasoned with cumin and jalapeno.
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup beef broth
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 bay leaves
- 8 whole peppercorns
- ½ pound Top Sirloin Steak, cubed
- 1 orange bell pepper, cubed
- 6 green onions, green ends cut
- In a large plastic bag, place beef and marinate overnight. Reserve ¼ cup marinade to baste while cooking.
- Skewer beef, peppers and onion and grill 4 – 5 minutes until beef is done.
Beef Kabobs…It’s What’s for Dinner.
For St. Patrick’s Day, I threw a corned beef tri-tip roast in the crock pot along with some potatoes, onions, and cabbage and we enjoyed a traditional Irish holiday dinner.
Sunday morning we turned the leftovers into this unique breakfast. A corned beef sandwich dressed up with a fried egg and some horseradish cream sauce.
Let’s take a look.
It seems our refrigerator, freezer and pantry have banded together over the past couple of months and become an unruly o-u-t of control trio . To combat them, I’ve declared “eat the freezer” week. I banned myself from visiting any store that sold any type of groceries and vowed to prepare meals morning, noon and night, using only items on hand. I thought it went very well except for a tri-tip steak stir-fry combination. I realized I didn’t have any rice, so served it alongside warmed up mashed potatoes. Totally ODD! But at least I used up that orange bell pepper, onion and celery.